Matching you to the right destination and the right venue.

Famils

Famil  [Fah-mill] noun;

  1. Short for familiarisation program, it is an opportunity for people to experience a region, product or package.

 A famil is the best way to really understand a venue and destination. 

Whether your event brief requires an upmarket private dining room, a boardroom with a view, a venue with a local produce menu, or even a ‘secret’ venue for a product launch, we can help.

Our famil program allows you to explore the venues and the destination for yourself. Meet the suppliers, taste the food, hit the shops and dip your toes into the water.

Upcoming Famils

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To be notified of any future famils, please email us at carla@theconferenceshop.com.au

Virtual Site Inspections

Southern Highlands Conferences and Events

Located just over an hour south of Sydney, the picturesque Southern Highlands of New South Wales is the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Known for its heritage architecture, manicured estates, cool-climate wineries, and restaurants showcasing the area’s fine local produce, the Southern Highlands is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for your next conference or business event.

 

Snapshot of the Southern Highlands 

Getting There 

  • This region is easily accessible from Sydney, Canberra & Wollongong by road & rail.
  • The Southern Highlands is just a 90-minute drive south of Sydney CBD and 2 hours drive north of Canberra.
  • Hire coaches operate between Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra.
  • Sydney trains and NSW Trainlink services stop at various Southern Highlands towns daily. It is roughly a two-hour train ride from Sydney’s Central Station.

 

Highlights of the region

  • English Landscape, National Parks & Waterfalls (check out Fitzroy Falls)
  • Boutique stores, cafes and historic landmarks at Australia’s best-preserved Georgian town of Historic Berrima Village (1831)
  • The iconic Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral.
  • Bowral’s famous colourful tulip gardens during spring (also known as ‘Tulip Time’).
  • Cool climate vineyards, 17 cellar doors and Sydney’s Pinot Trail
  • Fabulous local produce and first-class restaurants
  • Paddock to plate tours.
  • Home of Australia’s best pies & and the renowned ‘Pie Trail’.
  • Beautiful gardens & 7 picturesque golf courses
  • A playground of nature-based pursuits such as hikes, cycling, canoeing or treetop ziplining at Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk.
  • Elegant country-style resorts and estates that are unlike any other destination.

 

Venues and Accommodation

The Southern Highlands has over 4000 beds, with everything from historic country guesthouses to quality resorts and hotels.

This region is also home to over 40 unique meeting spaces ranging from more purpose-built conferencing spaces to unique offerings such as wineries, rustic barns, and farms. To provide you with options that are perfect for your event needs, send us your event requirements for our personalised venue sourcing service.

 

Business Events Grants

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is taking applications for business events held in regional NSW.

  • Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)

Applications close 5:00 pm AEDT 31 January 2022, or when funds have been fully expended. If you would like more information on this grant or need help in applying please contact us.

 

Would you like to know more?

If you are interested in planning a conference or event in the Southern Highlands and would like more information on this destination, please contact us here

Yarra Valley for conferences and events

 

Melburnians have long adored this region as a nearby getaway haven from the capital. Today, the Yarra Valley is equally revered as one of Victoria’s best destinations for hosting a conference or event of any shape and size.

With picturesque scenery, incredible venues, feel-good activities, tempting incentives, and a world-class food and wine culture what’s not to love!

 

Snapshot of Yarra Valley & Surrounds

Getting There 

  • The Yarra Valley is a 50-minute drive northeast of Melbourne CBD. There is no public transport to the Yarra Valley itself, so the best way to get there is by hire car or private bus.
  • Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is the main airport for Victoria, offering plenty of domestic and international flights each day.
  • From Melbourne Airport, you can be in the Yarra Valley in a one-hour drive. Airport transfers are available.

 

Highlights of the region

  • Over 80 cellar doors to choose from including Rochford wines and Domaine Chandon.
  • Unique group experiences in the vineyards such as segwaying through the vines, grape stomping, orchard tours, or wine and cheese matching.
  • Local breweries and artisan cider producers (check out Innocent Bystander and Watts River Brewing).
  • Award-winning gin distillery at Four Pillars, offering tours, tastings and group classes.
  • Healesville Sanctuary zoo which specialises in native Australian animals.
  • Hot air balloon rides over the valley (best experienced at dawn).
  • High ropes courses, archery, cycling or rainforest walks.
  • Famous Puffing Billy steam train through the mountains in the nearby Dandenong Ranges, with first-class dining options onboard and event spaces available at some stops.
  • Superb golf courses in the region including the Greg Norman-designed course at The Eastern Golf Club.
  • Premium retreats, resorts, and lodges in the region that have everything you need on-site including event facilities, accommodation, and team-building experiences.

 

Venues and Accommodation

Homesglen at Eidon is an award-winning, purpose-built events retreat situated on 660 acres of stunning surrounds. Or for a premium event venue and accommodation in a vineyard setting check out Rochford wines.

However, there are many other conference venues and accommodation options across the Yarra Valley to choose from. For help finding the perfect option for your events, send us your event requirements today.

 

Business Events Grants

Victoria’s National Business Events Program provides funding to event organisers hosting new business events held in regional Victoria. Applications are now open and close on 31st Dec 2021.

If you would like more information on this grant or need help in applying please contact us.

 

Would you like to know more?

If you are interested in planning a conference or event in the Yarra Valley and would like more information, please contact us here

 

Darwin Conferences & Events

 

Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city. From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an events destination that has so much to offer!

Home to a tropical climate, Darwin’s wet season is from November to April. So for the best conditions for outdoor activities, visit Darwin during its dry season (May to October).

 

Snapshot of Darwin & Surrounds

Getting There 

  • Darwin International Airport offers daily flights from all Australian capital cities. International flights arrive from Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
  • Airport transfers – There’s a 24-hour shuttle service from the airport to the city and back, plus taxi options.
  • The Ghan luxury train travels between Adelaide and Darwin.

 

Highlights of the region

  • The famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, with international cuisine from over 60 food stalls, including Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Greek, Cambodian, and Japanese
  • Crocodile sight cruises (or up-close encounters with baby crocs).
  • Scenic flights over the wetlands
  • Sunset harbour cruises.
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, with incredible Aboriginal art, maritime history, Cyclone Tracy history and the opportunity for a selfie with Sweetheart – a five-metre saltwater crocodile.
  • Nearby Litchfield and Kakadu national parks
  • George Brown Botanic Gardens
  • Darwin war museum
  • Plus so many tour options to choose from such as; adventure, safari and fishing tours, camping and eco-tours, Aboriginal culture, heritage and walking tours

 

Venues and Accommodation

The waterfront Darwin Convention Centre caters for up to 1,200 delegates, offering a number of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces. Plus there are many more small and unique spaces across the city for more intimate events.

Accommodation is aplenty with a number of accommodation options overlooking the picturesque Darwin harbour including Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, DoubleTree by Hilton and Adina Apartment Darwin Waterfront, plus much more.

To match you with the best venue or accommodation for your events, send us your event requirements today.

 

Business Events Grants

NT Business Events Support Fund is now taking applications for Darwin business events. If you would like more information on this grant or need help in applying please contact us.

 

Would you like to know more?

For more information on If you are interested in planning an event in Darwin and would like more information contact us here

 

Byron Bay Business Events

 

The Byron Bay region is not only a must-see for tourists but a fantastic destination for corporates. Known for its pristine beaches, scenic hinterland, and unique creative culture unlike anywhere else in Australia, this region could be the perfect place for your next conference, incentive, or retreat.

Did you know... Cavanbah, the Aboriginal name for Byron Bay actually means ‘meeting place’ as traditionally the area was a favourite meet-up place for the Arakwal people and other Bunjalung nation tribes.

 

Snapshot of Byron Bay & Surrounds

Getting There 

  • Ballina Byron Gateway Airport located in Ballina offers daily flights from most major Australian cities. The town of Byron Bay is just a 30-minute drive from the airport with transfer shuttles and car rentals available.
  • Gold Coast Airport located in Coolangatta QLD is the closest international airport, just a 45-minute drive to Byron Bay.

 

Highlights of the region

  • Beautiful beaches (with many great surf spots)
  • Byron Bay hinterland (secluded retreats and scenic hikes)
  • Stunning resorts and retreats with unique eco offerings
  • A great offering of wellness and mindfulness activities.
  • Robust local food culture with a strong focus on local, organic produce.
  • Views from the Cape Byron Lighthouse – the most easterly point in Australia.
  • The ‘Big Prawn’ located in Ballina
  • Plenty of talented creatives, entertainers, and artists in the region.
  • Character-filled rural villages surrounding Byron.

 

Venues and Accommodation

As a major tourist destination and the site of many large festivals, the event facilities and accommodation in this region are truly world-class. For example, Byron Events Farm (the home of the iconic Bluesfest) is a 300-acre purpose-built event site, ideal for larger conferences, product launches, and events. Or for a luxury experience surrounded by nature, you have the incredible 5-star resorts Elements of Byron and Byron at Byron from the Crystalbrook Collection.

To match you with the best venue or accommodation for your events, send us your event requirements today.

Quick tip – this destination is best suited to business events from May – October as accommodation can quickly fill up over summer and during the annual music festivals.

 

Business Events Grants

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is taking applications for business events held in regional NSW.

  • Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)

Applications close 5:00 pm AEDT 31 January 2022, or when funds have been fully expended. If you would like more information on this grant or need help in applying please contact us.

 

Would you like to know more?

For more information on the Byron Bay region or for help with venue sourcing your next event contact us here

 

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